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Name: Fleishman, Stanley

Historical Note:

Stanley Fleishman (1920-1999), of the Los Angeles area law firm Fleishman & Fisher, was noted for trying First Amendment cases and advocating for the legal rights of the disabled community.

Born in New York, Fleishman grew up in Queens. Stricken with polio at the age of 1, he lost significant use of one arm and both legs. He attended the University of Georgia, Brooklyn College, and the Columbia School of Law, graduating in 1944. He moved to Los Angeles in 1946.

Known for his advocacy of the First Amendment, Fleishman’s high-profile cases included the adult film Deep Throat, Henry Miller's once-banned book Tropic of Cancer, and the chain of Pussycat Theaters. He also defended the owner of an adult video store accused of trafficking in child pornography when he sold tapes in which Traci Lords was featured.

Fleishman was also a fierce advocate for those with physical disabilities. Through the judicial process, he was able to have wheelchair-bound, blind, and deaf citizens admitted to juries. Fleishman advocated on their behalf for job opportunities, access to public transit, and against other class-based discriminatory practices. He was active with the Western Law Center for the Handicapped and the Institute for the Disabled and the Elderly at Southwestern Law School.

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